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CORONAVIRUS19 PANDEMIC 2020


COVID-19: We remain deeply committed to the health and well-being of our community, the families we serve and our associates.  In order to protect the families we serve, the general public and our staff, we will follow the directives received from Local, State and National health officials to reduce the potential of possible spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This policy established will permit us to serve families in a fashion that will afford protection to all involved.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies and Procedures (changes may occur without notice):

Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.

In order to protect ourselves, the dedicated staff of Raymond Funeral Service, P.A. always takes appropriate universal precautions when respectfully handling remains of deceased persons. During this time of an uncontrolled worldwide pandemic, our staff is instructed to take extraordinary universal precautions to increase measures that safeguard ourselves, other healthcare professionals, and grieving family members.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies and Procedures (changes may occur without notice):

All services at the funeral home* will be a “Same Day” Visitation/Service/Burial or Cremation afterwards or a “Same Day” memorial gathering/service.  The time at the funeral home, including the service, is not to exceed three hours. As of November 20, 2020 a maximum of twenty-five (25) persons in the building period.  This includes staff, family, clergy, other relatives and friends.  Any more than 25 persons appearing in the building, may result in some being asked to leave and no more will be allowed to enter in.  Groups of people alternating in and out will not be allowed.

If you are sick, please stay at home.  We are making every effort to ensure limited social interaction and possible exposure.

All persons must put on a face mask before entering the funeral home and may be subject to temperature check. 

Enter the funeral home from the parking lot door that faces Rosewick Road. No congregating outside the funeral home and/or in the parking lot.  No line to get in the funeral home will be allowed to form.

Please refrain from handshakes and hugs.  Hand sanitizer is available and all encouraged to use throughout the visit.

Once inside, proceed to the designated room for the visitation/service.  Restrooms are available, however, please refrain from walking around the funeral home.  And please do not open and/or enter any other closed doors.

Seating will already be arranged.  Please allow immediate family to sit in the front.

Although, each family will wish to be together, everyone should continue to practice social distancing between one another.

When service is over, please exit the funeral home by the same front door as you entered the funeral home.  If a procession is going to the cemetery, go immediately to your vehicle and wait for the procession to begin.  If no procession, please leave the parking lot for your next destination.  The facility will be completely cleaned and sanitized after each event.  A minimum of three to four hours must be maintained between each event, after cleaning process.

If you are not going to the cemetery or traveling in the procession, please exit the parking lot before the procession begins. 

*Services at a facility other than a funeral home, the host facility rules, regulations, and guidelines must be followed!.*

COVID19 DEATH (CONFIRMED, PROBABLE, SUSPECTED AND/OR RELATED):

If the cause of death is from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will assist the family in arranging for a direct cremation or immediate burial. There will be no visitation or gathering scheduled in our facility. We also are limiting our exposure to those who may have cared for or had exposure to the deceased. Therefore, if the family wants to arrange for a Memorial Service at a local church, we can assist them in making those arrangements and putting them in contact with the church. We are not directing, attending or participating in that memorial service. If the family is arranging an immediate burial, we can schedule a graveside service and a funeral director will meet them and the clergy at the cemetery. There will be no religious or funeral services scheduled in our facility.  Services at another facility, rules, regulations, and/or guidelines of the host facility must be followed.

For more information, the Funeral Service Foundation and NFDA have teamed up to offer a free 12-page booklet entitled “Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the Loss of Your Loved One During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Written by certified Thanatologist Sara Murphy, Ph.D., CT, with a forward by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., the booklet offers guidance to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one during the pandemic or who would like to learn how they can support those who have.

This booklet is being made available directly to consumers via www.RememberingALife.com/GriefGuide - consumers can access a digital version on the website.